A close adviser to the Trump White House described the revelations surrounding Mr. Trump’s eldest son Donald Trump Jr. and his meetings with a Russian lawyer as a “Category Five hurricane”, CBS News’ Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett reports.
The adviser called it “very bad” as the fallout over Trump Jr.’s meeting continues after revealing details into the arrangement of the meeting were released in a series of emails.
Garrett reports that another outside adviser to the White House echoed those sentiments, conceding that the optics of the meeting were “terrible” and create “big atmospheric problems” for the administration as they attempt to distance themselves from the Russian meddling narrative.
Mr. Trump has since defended his son’s actions, telling Reuters “I think many people would have held that meeting.” Mr. Trump has also repeatedly tweeted his support of Trump Jr., calling him “transparent” and “open.”
My son Donald did a good job last night. He was open, transparent and innocent. This is the greatest Witch Hunt in political history. Sad!